The Bulldog developed in the northern farmland counties of the British Empire where it was used in the “sport” of bull baiting. Fortunately this “sport” is gone and the Bulldog remains. It was on of the first breeds recognized by the newly organized Kennel Club of England in 1873. At this time the breed standards were established. These standards have not changed since. This breed is very strong (muscled and willed) and has taken more than on child for a walk to wherever they dog decided to go. Nutritionally the Bulldog is a breed of dog that is very slow to mature. They reach their full adult body size at about 14 months but should be nutritionally treated as a puppy until about the 30th month. This will help develop healthier bones, teeth, muscles, and coats.
Native food supplies for this breed would have been been and dairy products blended with large quantities of high carbohydrate potatoes and cabbage. For this reason, today’s Bulldog needs a food with a very high percentage of carbohydrate and fiber by not a very high amount of protein. For the Bulldog I recommend commercial foods high in potato type carbohydrates with the protein being from a beef, wheat, and yellow corn blend. You should avoid feeding a Bulldog any white rice, soy, poultry, or lamb.
The Brittany Spaniel developed in an area for today’s France that was controlled by the kings of England during the Middle Ages. This area area was a popular hunting territory for the Norman nobles whose ancestors crossed the English Channel and successfully conquered England in 1066. These Norman nobles were responsible for the development of ta hunting dog, which is the same Brittany Spaniel we know today. The primary nutrients of their native environment would have been poultry, fish of the trout family, beets, potatoes. I note that this was that led to a critical difference between the Brittany Spaniel’s nutritional requirements and those of the English Springer Spaniel–especially in the area of carbohydrate needs. Reportedly, the Brittany can utilize a higher starch and carbohydrate to protein ratio than its English cousin (The English Springer Spaniel) when the carbohydrate source is beet pulp or potatoes. The Brittany also does poorly on blends containing corn, barley or wheat, which are for the English Springer Spaniel. For the Brittany Spaniel, look for all-breed commercial dog foods which sources of poultry, lamb, and beet pulp. Avoid foods based on beef or horse meat and their by-products as well as any yellow corn, barley, wheat, or soy products.
A short-legged, long-bodied breed belonging to the hound family, the Dachshund originated in Germany. The name literally meaning “Badger Dog” in German, the Dachshund’s short, but long slender body has resulted in numerous nicknames such as Hot dog, Sausage dog, Weiner dog, Doxie, and in modern German they are more commonly known by the name Dackel or, for more hunting oriented dogs, Teckel.
Being bred for hunting the specific parts of Germany where they developed had rocky foothills housing wild boar and burrowing animals like badger and ground rodents. This area also produced many varieties of vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and greens. Nutrients from these vegetable sources have high amounts of fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin A as beta carotene.
Due to originating in this area, today’s Dachshund will do well on a diet with its vitamin A source coming from beta carotene sources, instead of coming from palmitate or fish oil.
Many breeders claim the dachshund requires a very high fat-low protein ratio in their food. Therefore, a valid suggestion is to feed this breed commercial dog food formulated for puppies during its entire life cycle.
Food sources to avoid with this breed include beet pulp, soy, and both white and brown forms of rice
This time for our What to Feed Your Dog segment, I thought it would be cool to check out a dog breed here in the USA… the Black and Tan Coonhound. The development for this breed was in the southeastern United States *mainly in the Carolinas*. However, it is a descendant from the Talbot hound *now extinct*, Bloodhound and the Black and Tan Foxhound. That said, it is unclear when this Coonhound made its first appearance. In 1945, the Black and Tan became the only one of the six varieties of Coonhound, recognized in the Hound Group by the American Kennel Club. The Black and Tan Coonhound is said to be a very powerful dog that has the courage required to keep a mountain lion or bear at bay until the hunter arrives, as well as the quickness and stamina required to hunt raccoon and deer. Native food supplies for this breed would have been the same as for the early Carolina colonialist. This area provided many meats from deer, bear, wild boar and turkey. Rice was a huge commercial crop in Carolina. Then soy bean and flax would of been used for high amounts of dietary vegetable oil. When you feed your Black and Tan Coonhound I would look at foods that contain lots of rice blended with beef or horse meat, corn, wheat and beet pulp. I would stay away from fish or lamb.
This week for our “What to Feed Your Dog” series, I thought it would be nice to look at the oldest pure breed terrier out there, the Scottish Terrier. Nicked named the “Scottie” this breed has been documented as far back as 1436 and it hasn’t changed at all. They were originally bred to hunt and kill vermin on farms and to hunt badgers and foxes in the rocky highlands of Scotland. Their first appearance in any dog show was in the early 1800′s and they were shown as the “Hard – Haired Scotch Terrier,” mainly because of the wiry topcoat they have. This coat has been prevalent with all sizes of the breed that developed in the highlands. The Scottish Terrier is also very popular in pop culture. They have been owned by a variety of celebrities like the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Also FDR’s Scottie “Fala” is apart of his memorial statue in Washington, DC. The 43rd President George W. Bush also had one as well and the Scottie is also well known playing piece in the board game Monopoly.
The native food supplies for this breed would have included mutton, poultry, and a form of dairy cattle. The vegetation would of been grain crops, potatoes, corn and wheat. For the Scottie we would recommend commercial foods that are high in carbohydrates but low in protein. The foods should have a blend of poultry, mutton, wheat, corn and potatoes. I would avoid horse meat, soy products, beet pulp, white rice and avocado.
It’s time once again for “What to Feed Your Dog.” This week, I was watching some old classic Loony Toons and noticed they used the English Foxhound quite a bit in their cartoons. Then thinking about some of the old hunting magazines I’ve seen, they use the English Foxhound quite a bit as well. Maybe back in the 20′s-50′s… the English Foxhound was the symbol, the “mascot” for all hunting dogs. Those are just my thoughts anyways.
So where did the English Foxhound come from? The English Foxhound was developed around the late 16th century, in England. Hunting is a cherished sport to the English and unfortunately there was a huge depletion of deer in England. Therefore they thought, what would be a good creature worthy enough to hunt? They decided the fox would be best and thus the breeding for the Foxhound started. Whoever was in charge of the Foxhound knew especially what they were doing through the careful mixing of the Greyhound, the Fox Terrier and the Bulldog. All of them gave the Foxhound special qualities for hunting the fox and they are a lean and muscular breed. They can store large amounts of protein to supply their energy during the hunt, but they also require large amounts of water during the hunt.
The food supplies for this breed included fox, rabbit, and other small animals from the native environment, combined with the type of vegetables and grains found in England’s farmlands. If you happen to own an English Foxhound, we recommend a diet consisting of high in fiber, carbohydrates from potatoes, oats and wheat and meats from lean horse meat and beef. Avoid fish, soy, poultry and yellow corn.
To continue with our “what to feed your dog series”, I thought it would be cool to check out the dog that developed right besides the Lab…. the Newfoundland. Yes this dog breed was named right after the province of Newfoundland and while the Lab is the ideal dog for authority and helpfulness, the Newfoundland dog is known as the companion for coastal fisherman. These dogs are known to be big, strong, and loyal. Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving due to their muscular build, thick double coat, innate swimming abilities and the most unique feature… webbed feet. According to the resources I have gathered, it looks like the Newfoundland dog like the Lab requires a high requirement for the fat soluble vitamins. However, you need to get the fats and vitamins from a proper source.
The nutrients in the Newfoundland’s native environment consisted primarily of cold water white fish such as cod, halibut and haring. Any exposure to meat would have been from caribou *which has amino acid similar to horse meat* and bear meat *with has amino acid similar to pork meat. For a Newfoundland I would recommend you look for food blends containing fish, pork, poultry and lamb. Make sure the food has high fat content. However, stay away from foods composed of beef, soy and any foods having protein content over 30% or a high fiber content from pats, beets of wood pulp.
This time for our “What to Feed Your Dog” series, I thought I do the Labrador Retriever. I’ve known many people throughout my life who have had a dog of this breed and it is one of the most popular ones in the USA, Canada and England. The Labrador Retriever *also known as a Lab* originated on Newfoundland island, off the coast of Labrador in the North East point of Canada. The breed was further developed in England and is famous for being a gun dog. They are renowned for their involvement in law enforcement, their appearance in wars, but above all else, they are the most trusted guide dogs for the blind and helping dogs to the disabled. Labradors are athletic and love to swim, play catch, are good with young children, elderly, and for protection. The Labrador is one of the very few breeds that is known to produce oil through the pores of the skin. It can develop a very dry and brittle coat in a very short period of time when the entire, Linoleic acid group is not present in its daily diet. The Linoleic acid group consists of Oleic, Linolenic and Linoleic. You can get these fatty acids through fish oil, poultry and cold pressed wheat germ oil.
In Newfoundland the primary food sources were caribou, fish and whale fats. In England the food sources were poultry, fish, wheat and dairy products. With the combined effect of the foods from the two areas, we have a breed that requires a diet low in carbohydrates but high in fats. Fats are important for the Lab but while it thrives on poultry, fish and vegetable fats… it has a hard time assimilating beef fat.
From what I have found, I recommend commercial foods that contain fish, poultry, lamb, and green vegetables. However, I would say to avoid beef, beets, corn and soy.
Hello everyone! I was thinking about what dog to write up next and it just so happened, I saw a fire truck. What dog is highly thought of as the mascot for Fire Fighters? The Dalmatian! The funny thing is, as I have been doing my research on this breed, I haven’t found a good clear answer yet, to what made this connection to begin with. What more the origins to the Dalmatian has a lot of mystery to it as well. The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) recognized the country of origin as the region of Dalmatia in the Republic of Croatia, citing Bewick’s 1792 work. However, the Dalmatian has also been known world wide since the Middle Ages and the largest numbers are located in Central Europe and the British Islands. Some will even say they developed in Hungary or Africa… mainly because of their coats. One other thing to point out is that through out the centuries, the Dalmatian hasn’t changed very much, even when it’s had a change in its diet. However, they have suffered from different ailments depending on where it is located. Some think it’s a direct result of food supply.
From the research I have gathered, it seems like when you feed your Dalmatian, try and feed it a blend of lamb, poultry and white rice. Try and avoid commercial foods that contain soy, beef or horse meat by-products and high fiber products like wheat, oats, and yellow corn.
Come check us out at Well Animal’s first outdoor appearance this year at the Colorado Springs Pet Expo. If you are a pet lover this is the place for you. We will be doing teeth cleanings for the event, while other venders from all over the state will be providing other services. It will be a great day, to mingle and talk about the love of owning a pet. We hope to see you there.